Mommy Stuff

 

Disney Pixar’s new feature, COCO, celebrates the ties that bind families together and in celebration of family, Canadians in 4 cities will have an opportunity to telephone a loved one anywhere in the world, free of charge.

Powered by Virgin Mobile, participants can make a free five-minute call to their loved ones anywhere in the world.

WHERE:

MONTREAL – November 11-12                    

 

 

ABOUT COCO:

Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colourful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. Directed by Lee Unkrich (“Toy Story 3”), co-directed by Adrian Molina (story artist “Monsters University”) and produced by Darla K. Anderson (“Toy Story 3”), Disney•Pixar’s “Coco” opens in theatres on Nov. 22, 2017.

 

ABOUT VIRGIN MOBILE CANADA

At Virgin Mobile, you’re not a customer, you’re a Member.  “Members Get” exclusive deals from awesome brands, a shot at VIP access and one-of-a-kind experiences to events in Canada and around the world. That’s on top of red-hot smartphones on a super-fast network with plans that have loads of extras built right in! And now eligible Members in Ontario and Quebec can say Hi to Home Internet with ultra-affordable pricing. Virgin Mobile Members and Canadians can do some good in their local communities by helping at-risk and homeless youth in Canada gain skills to get jobs with Virgin Mobile RE*Generation. Wanna hook up? There are loads of ways: head online or call 1-888-999-2321 to get in the know. Get personal with Virgin Mobile Canada on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

 

Check out some yummy thanksgiving recipes we have put together. Enjoy this long weekend with your loved ones. Happy Thanksgiving!

 

The Perfect Turkey

Preheat oven to 325 F degree. Clean turkey (remove giblets) and place in roasting pan.

In a small bowl, combine olive oil, garlic powder, dried basil, ground sage, salt and pepper.

Apply mixture to the outside of the uncooked turkey, water or chicken stock in the bottom of roasting pan and cover. Bake until the internal temp of the thigh measures 180 degrees F. Remove bird from oven and allow to stand about 30 min before carving. Serve

*20 minutes per pound for cooking time or refer to https://www.canadianturkey.ca/wholebird/cooking-times-and-temperatures/

 

Best Gravy ever

5 cups for turkey stock with pan drippings

1 can of cream of chicken soup

1 teaspoon of poultry seasoning

1 teaspoon of garlic powder

1 cup milk

1/3 cup of all purpose flour

Salt and pepper

Bring the turkey stock to a boil in a large saucepan. Stir in soup, and season with poultry seasoning, pepper, seasoned salt, and garlic powder. Reduce heat to low, and let simmer. Warm the milk in the microwave, and whisk in the flour with a fork until there are no lumps. Return the gravy to a boil, and gradually stir in the milk mixture. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute, or until thick enough to serve over turkey and sides

 

Grandma’s Yummy stuffing

1 loaf of sliced white bread

¾ cup of butter

1 chopped, diced onion

4-5 stalks of celery chopped

1 apple chopped (optional)

2 teaspoons of poultry seasoning

1 cup of chicken broth

3-4 potatoes mashed

In a pan, melt butter, cook onion and celery until softened. Season with poultry seasoning, salt and pepper. Stir in bread cubes until evenly coated moisten with chicken broth

Chill and use to stuff your turkey or cook  in oven safe dish at 350 degrees for 30-40 min.

Serve

 

No Fail Mashed Potatoes

5 pounds of peeled and cubed potatoes

½ cup cream cheese

½ cup sour cream

1/3 cup milk

2 tablespoons of butter

Salt and pepper to taste

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook potatoes until softened (test with fork) Drain water. Add above ingredients and mash (using a handheld mixer adds extra smoothness and add more milk as needed to create desired consistency)

Serve

 

 

Marvelous Maple carrots

1 bag of pre peeled carrots

4-5 tablespoons of Maple syrup

1 teaspoon of garlic powder

Salt and pepper to taste

Chopped parsley

Bring carrots to a boil. Cook until softened.

Drain water

Add garlic powder

Drizzle maple syrup over carrots

Add chopped parley

Serve

 

 

Fresh Cranberry Sauce

1 cup of white sugar

1 cup or orange juice

1 package of fresh cranberries

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, dissolve the sugar in the orange juice. Stir in the cranberries, and cook until they start to pop (about 10 minutes). Remove from heat, and transfer to a bowl. Cranberry sauce will thicken as it cools.

Serve

 

Easy Peasy Pumpkin Cream Pie

2 Cups of Milk

2 packages of instant vanilla pudding

1cup of canned pumpkin

1 teaspoon of pumpkin spice

1cup of cool whip

1 pie crust (9 inch)

Combine milk, pie filling mix, pumpkin, spices, and whipped topping in a deep, narrow-bottom bowl. Beat at lowest speed of an electric mixer for about 1 minute. Pour filling into cooled pie shell. Chill until set, about 3 hours.

Add a dollop of whipped topping to each slice when serving!

Summer activities to beat the heat

 

We spend every waking hour in our backyard in the summertime, meaning that we’re always looking for fun activities to do. Whether it’s getting messy with paint, looking to nature for inspiration, or creating things from scraps, we can turn just about anything into a summer project.

 

So here are some awesome summer activities to beat the heat.

 

Milk carton birdhouses

I remember making these in grade school. With a few simple supplies, you can turn an ordinary carton into an inviting home for your feathered friends.

 

Garden markers

We have a massive herb, veggie and fruit garden, so every year we experiment with new ideas for handmade garden markers. We made these from clay (which I bought at the dollar store), but you can make garden markers out of Popsicle sticks, rocks, wooden spoons, and more.

 

Construction site

My son came up with this one, using scrap wood from daddy’s garage – we used it to fashion roads, then collected other rocks, branches, sand and gravel to put on our site. Then out came the trucks! Later we turned it into a dinosaur habitat for his plastic dinos.

 

Leaf rubs

Quite often we’ll go explore a park or nature trail (or even our own backyard) in search of unique leaves. Then we peel the paper off our crayons and use the side of it to make leaf rub art.

 

 

Boats

Those little plastic baby pools are even more fun when you have boats to play with. These boats are made from wine corks (see, it’s a good thing that mommy drinks wine!) and straws, but we’ve also made them out of cut up pool noodles.

 

Shaving cream art

This may be my favourite summer activity, and it’s messy, which makes it perfect for outdoors. Spread a thin layer of shaving cream in a baking sheet and then add drops of food colouring. With a toothpick, swirl the colour, then press a piece of cardstock on top of the design. Peel back, wipe away the excess shaving cream, and let dry.

 

 

Raindrop art

Prop some cardstock or a small canvas up on an easel, and slightly water down some blue washable paint. Use an eyedropper to make raindrops (kids love using little tools like eyedroppers!).

 

 

Sidewalk chalk paint

Mix cornstarch, water and some food colouring for a fun outdoor paint that can be used on sidewalks, driveways, and even fences. Super easy to make and clean!

 

 

Jennifer Cox is a full-time freelance journalist who writes for Today’s Parent, CBC Parents, Parents Canada magazine, and more, and she is a mommy to a 4-year-old bean. She also loves crafting and other DIY projects, which she shares on her Whoa Mama! Facebook page  and YouTube channel .

Check out these super fun and cute craft ideas from local mommy Blogger Jennifer Cox from Whoa Mama! So many fun ideas ! Be sure to head over and LIKE her FB page for so many fun craft ideas on what to do with the kids this summer.

 

 

Bird feeders

There are so many ways you can entice the birds to come to your hard, from egg carton birdfeeders and toilet paper rolls rolled in peanut butter and birdseed, to ones built out of Popsicle sticks. But our personal favourite: threading treats onto pipecleaners and hanging them in the trees. We’ve used Fruit Loops, Cheerios and mini pretzels.

 

Make your own paintbrushes

What can you find around the house, both inside and out, that could be fashioned into your own one-of-a-kind paintbrushes? Maybe some leaves or blades of grass, sponges and scrap paper, balled up foil or Saran wrap, and so much more. This is a two-part activity: go hunting for supplies and then get painting!

 

Pipe cleaner butterflies

These are so much fun to make! Use markers to colour a coffee filter and then spray it with water – the colours will blend and swirl together. Then, pinch in the middle and secure with a pipecleaner, and then use the excess pipecleaner to create little antennae.

 

Bookmarks

Rainy summer days make for perfect reading days, so encourage reading but creating your own custom-made bookmarks. Use whole punchers, glitter glue, and anything else you’d like to use to decorate them, and attach a little piece of yarn or string so you can always find your page.

 

Jennifer Cox is a full-time freelance journalist who writes for Today’s Parent, CBC Parents, Parents Canada magazine, and more, and she is a mommy to a 4-year-old bean. She also loves crafting and other DIY projects, which she shares on her Whoa Mama! Facebook page  and YouTube channel .

 

 

Summertime fun all across the west island with Movies in the Park! Here are the ones in the west island.

 

Lego Batman Le Film (French) – Lachine- JULY 13

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and a snack and spend an evening enjoying a family movie outdoors.

Tonight’s feature is Lego Batman le Film

In case of rain, event will be canceled

Where: Parc de la 11E Avenue, Notre-Dame Blvd. @ 11e Ave., Lachine

Time: 8:30pm

Cost: Free

Ages: All ages

Additional Info: http://www.accesculture.com/emplacement/Parc_de_la_11e_avenue

 

Le Bebe Boss (French) – Ste. Anne-de-Bellevue- JULY 13

Enjoy the movie Bebe Boss under the stars. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets.

Event will be held at Chalet Peter-Williamson in case of rain.

Where: Parc Aumais, 300 Cypihot St., Ste. Anne de Bellevue

Time: 9pm

Cost: Free

Ages: All ages

Additional Info: http://www.ville.sainte-anne-de-bellevue.qc.ca/en/251/shows-celebrations-animation-and-events-summer-2017#’target-family-thursdays

 

LaLa Land ( English)- DDO- July 26th

Hosted by Virgin Radio, hot-dogs from Lesters, drinks and chips from Dépanneur du Coin, Pizza from PMG and sorbet desserts from Fontaine Santé, all for FREE !

Where: Centennial Park, DDO

Time: Dusk

Cost: Free

Additional Info: http://bit.ly/2uOj1wX

 

 

Le Bebe Boss (French) – Lachine- JULY 27

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and a snack and spend an evening enjoying a family movie outdoors.

Tonight’s feature is Bebe Boss

In case of rain, event will be canceled

Where: Parc de la 11E Avenue, Notre-Dame Blvd. @ 11e Ave., Lachine

Time: 8:30pm

Cost: Free

Ages: All ages

Additional Info: http://www.accesculture.com/emplacement/Parc_de_la_11e_avenue

 

The Lego Batman Movie ( English)- Kirkland- AUGUST 2

Enjoy the movie The Lego Batman Movie under the stars. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Movie begins at dusk.

In case of rain, movie will be shown at the Kirkland Sports Complex.

Where: Meades Park, 16950 Hymus Blvd., Kirkland

Time: 8pm

Cost: Free

Ages: All ages

Additional Info: http://www.ville.kirkland.qc.ca

 

Les Trolls ( French) Lachine- AUGUST 3

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and a snack and spend an evening enjoying a family movie outdoors.

Tonight’s feature is Les Trolls

In case of rain, event will be canceled

Where: Parc de la 11E Avenue, Notre-Dame Blvd. @ 11e Ave., Lachine

Time: 8:30pm

Cost: Free

Ages: All ages

Additional Info: http://www.accesculture.com/emplacement/Parc_de_la_11e_avenue

 

Monster Trucks ( English) – Ste. Anne-de-Bellevue- AUGUST 3

Enjoy the English version of the movie Monster Trucks under the stars.

In case of rain, at Chalet Peter-Williamson

Where: Parc Aumais, 300 Cypihot St., Ste. Anne de Bellevue

Time: 9pm

Cost: Free

Ages: All ages

Additional Info: http://www.ville.sainte-anne-de-bellevue.qc.ca/en/251/shows-celebrations-animation-and-events-summer-2017#’target-family-thursdays

 

Les Trolls ( French)- Kirkland- AUGUST 16

Enjoy the movie Les Trolls under the stars. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Movie begins at dusk.

In case of rain, movie will be shown at the Kirkland Sports Complex.

Where: Meades Park, 16950 Hymus Blvd., Kirkland

Time: 8pm

Cost: Free

Ages: All ages

Additional Info: http://www.ville.kirkland.qc.ca

 

Ballerina ( French) – Lachine- AUGUST 17

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and a snack and spend an evening enjoying a family movie outdoors.

Tonight’s feature is Ballerina

In case of rain, event will be canceled

Where: Parc de la 11E Avenue, Notre-Dame Blvd. @ 11e Ave., Lachine

Time: 8:30pm

Cost: Free

Ages: All ages

Additional Info: http://www.accesculture.com/emplacement/Parc_de_la_11e_avenue